Convicted killer lacking from Atlanta facility ought to have been taken again to jail, officers say – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA — A person convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing his brother-in-law in 2018 has been on the run since Feb. 2 after strolling off of his work element in Atlanta.

Melvin Barkley, who was alleged to be serving a 30-year sentence for the lethal stabbing in Carroll County, was staying on the Atlanta Transitional Middle. Channel 2 Motion Information first realized that he had left the work launch program with out authorization on Monday night.

The Georgia Division of Corrections confirmed to Channel 2 Motion Information Tuesday morning that he left a piece launch program he was in and has not been seen since.

Now, we’re studying extra about Barkley’s disappearance from officers as fugitive items work to convey him again into custody.

In accordance with GDC, Barkley was solely lately convicted on the manslaughter cost for the demise of Tyler Waters.

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Officers say the state of affairs was affected by a sequence of convictions, and when every conviction occurred.

“Melvin Barkley was assigned to the Atlanta Transitional Middle on 11/21/23 primarily based on his preliminary conviction of theft by deception and theft by receiving stolen property, with most launch date of seven/22/24, which is an applicable placement for the cost,” GDC stated partly.

Data from the Coweta Judicial Circuit District Lawyer’s Workplace present that on Nov. 14, 2023, a plea deal between prosecutors and Barkley was reached, sentencing him to 50 years in jail, with 30 to serve.

DA Herb Cranford confirmed as a lot to Channel 2 Motion Information Tuesday afternoon.

“He obtained a subsequent conviction on 11/9/23 for voluntary manslaughter and GDC obtained the paperwork for the brand new cost on 12/1/23, at which era Barkley ought to have been faraway from the TC and transported again to state jail,” GDC stated.


Now, officers are “conducting a evaluation to find out if any inner or exterior breakdowns occurred because it pertains to protocols and coverage. Ought to any failures be recognized, we’ll guarantee any particular person(s) concerned will probably be held accountable.”

Earlier communications with Cranford reiterated that underneath the plea cope with the DA’s workplace, Barkley wouldn’t be eligible for parole, which might have prompted his removing from the Atlanta Transitional Middle.

In accordance with GDC, “Offenders should be disciplinary free for at least 90 days, have the psychological and bodily capability to work and maintain a job, and be inside 12 -15 months of their tentative parole month or most launch date.”

The web entry describing the transitional heart from the GDC web site states the middle’s goal is to “put together grownup male felons who’re nearing the tip of their incarceration to imagine accountable citizenship. Second, preserve an OJT work pressure of felons who’ve as much as forty-two months left on their sentence to function outdoors particulars for numerous state companies for gratis to taxpayers.”

The power homes as much as 257 felons and has been open since 1970.

Within the meantime, “Our Fugitive Unit is actively pursuing leads and we’ll present an replace upon Barkley’s recapture,” GDC informed Channel 2 Motion Information.

Channel 2 Motion Information is working to be taught extra in regards to the timing between when Barkley escaped his work element and when GDC confirmed and publicized that he had left this system with out authorization.

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